CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH - - The Rotary Club of Cuyahoga Falls held its annual 4-Way Speech Contest on March 27, 2012, with students participating from Cuyahoga Falls High School and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. The students were asked to select a subject of their choice and apply the Rotary 4-Way Test. Five finalists presented their speeches and Chris Karnadi, a  a senior at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, was awarded first place and will advance to the Rotary District 6630 competition which will take place on March 31.  


“All five presentations were outstanding, which made the judging extremely difficult,” said Joseph McNamee, President of the Rotary Club of Cuyahoga Falls. “I am very impressed with the level of excellence and preparation that was exhibited by each one of the students as they applied the 4-Way Test to their presentation topics.”


From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. The 4-Way Test, created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor and adopted by Rotary in 1943, encourages creative and effective solutions in problem solving situations. The 4-Way Test has been translated into more than 100 languages and published in thousands of ways.  It asks the following four questions:  Is it the truth?  Is it fair to all concerned?  Will it build goodwill and better friendships?  Will it be beneficial to all concerned? 


Chartered in 1925, the Rotary Club of Cuyahoga Falls is part of Rotary International, the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs worldwide. Its volunteer membership of business and professional leaders provides humanitarian service and encourages high ethical standards in all vocations under the motto “Service Above Self”.